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New Musco Center for the Arts Announces Grand Opening Celebration and Season

December 23, 2015 by Ellen Dostal

Musco Center for the Arts

Be one of the first to see the brand new Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University when its inaugural season opens in 2016. The new state-of-the-art music center will include performances by internationally acclaimed virtuosos and ensembles that define excellence, as well as the finest Chapman student performances from the University’s nationally recognized College of Performing Arts.

“We have an extraordinary line-up of artists for the Opening & Preview Season at Musco Center,” says William D. Hall, the Center’s founding dean and artistic director. “This will be the perfect introduction to the beauty, range and power of future seasons at this magnificent new center for the arts.”

Musco Center’s Grand Opening celebration will take place on March 19 with performances by opera legends Plácido Domingo, Deborah Voigt and Milena Kitic, an orchestra and chorus of more than 150 voices, and an array of distinguished artists and Chapman alumni, directed by John DeMain.

Visiting artists on the season include:
  -- Pacific Symphony
  -- Philharmonic Society of Orange County
  -- Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
  -- The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra, joined by the Chapman Big Band & Jazz Combo, for Jumpin’ with Stan Kenton
  -- Musco Center Distinguished Piano Series, presenting the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medal winning concert pianist Vadym Kholodenko
  -- Great Voices Series with renowned American opera baritone Rod Gilfry
  -- Arts & Lecture Speaker Series with Jeff Corwin, American animal and nature conservationist and Animal Planet host

In April a new Chapman production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice will coincide with the Bard’s 400th birthday, and there will also be music and dance performances by The Chapman Orchestra, Opera Chapman and other outstanding student ensembles on the season.

“Everyone at the College of Performing Arts is excited about the opportunity and the potential to shape this extraordinary space for the benefit of our students and the community,” said Giulio Ongaro, dean of the College of Performing Arts.

Musco Center for the Arts

Musco Center was designed by award-winning architects Pfeiffer Partners, with acoustics by world renowned Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics. The expansive stage house and spacious-yet-intimate 1,044-seat Julianne Argyros Orchestra Hall are complemented by the new Bette and Wylie Aitken Arts Plaza, which will be used for outdoor performances and events.

Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts
Chapman University
415 North Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866
Tickets are available online at
Additional season information can be obtained at the new Musco Center information line: (844) 626-8726.

Ellen Dostal is the Director of Arts and Communication for KMozart

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